The sunniest region in New Zealand

Taranaki has recorded the most sunshine hours for 2021, although we’re certainly not shocked. New Plymouth has been consistently in the top three for the past few years, giving other regions a run for their money and making Taranaki a year-round, like-no-other, holiday destination, and sought-after place to live and work. 

From apartment living and family bungalows through to farms and lifestyle blocks – the choice is yours in Taranaki.

And what’s more, the price tag on your new home won’t make your eyes water.

Median House Price

Taranaki’s median house price was $625,000 in April 2022 — a 14.7% increase year-on-year.

The number of first home buyers in the market has declined due to a lack of stock in their price range and rising interest rates. Subsequently, attendance at open homes and numbers at auctions also decreased.

Sales counts fell by 22.9% and properties spent an additional ten days on the market when compared to April 2021. Buyers reluctant to transact due to rising interest rates and a fear of overpaying, and vendors hesitant to negotiate are combining to see the Taranaki market slow 

Source: REINZ Monthly Property Reports 

Taranaki Region

$630K +18.9% in May 2022

New Plymouth

$680K +15.1% in May 2022


$565K +52.7% in May 2022

South Taranaki

$400K -4.8% in May 2022

In Taranaki a 10 minute commute to work is reality, even in New Plymouth.

Hāwera, Stratford, Inglewood, Waitara, Ōakura, Ōpunake, Urenui, and many of the other towns throughout Taranaki provide an inviting alternative to city living. In these smaller communities you will find affordable homes on spacious sections and lifestyle blocks with sea and/or mountain views. 

Taranaki has a modern, extensive healthcare network - you can be assured you and your family will be well taken care of. Taranaki has a regional hospital in New Plymouth. The hospital has new patient wards and is undergoing a major rebuild. There is a smaller hospital for emergencies in Hāwera, and general practitioners, dentists, and dental clinics located throughout the region. In larger centres, there is access to weekend and after-hours healthcare.

Families moving to the region will need to contact general practitioners in their area and enroll. There are also general practitioners and surgical specialists throughout the region. There are pharmacies in all towns, and a large number of excellent dentists, physiotherapists, dieticians, midwives, and psychologists available. 

The Taranaki Hospice, Te Rangimarie, offers on-site palliative care in New Plymouth and at-home throughout the region.

Building Networks

To meet new people and build new support networks many newcomers like to join groups such as the Taranaki Young ProfessionalsTaranaki Timebank or any number of other clubs and groups.

A great way to find out what’s available to do in your community is to contact your local library or district council: New Plymouth District CouncilStratford District Council and South Taranaki District Council

Free community newspapers are delivered to letterboxes throughout the region; they will have lists of upcoming events. Alternatively, the Taranaki Daily News is available in print and online. In New Plymouth, Live Magazine and Mood Magazine are free lifestyle magazines with stories and information about the community. 

Sport Taranaki list information about sports events and clubs in Taranaki.

Read how others have made Taranaki home

From Wellington to Warea

Find out why Masina and James traded Wellington for Warea.

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A Career without the Commute

Alicia and Lane trade long city commutes for rural living.

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In at the Deep End

It was all or nothing with the Stevenson family's move! 

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A Fine Balance

It's easy to get the balance right in Taranaki for the Shearman family. 

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Working Here

Find your next career opportunity in Taranaki has to offer. We have a diverse range of thriving sectors along with a connected business community making Taranaki a great place to work, grow a business, and meet people in your industry.

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Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit

The Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit has been developed to help you discover what living and working in Taranaki is like, and what an amazing career and lifestyle you can achieve here. Download a copy, or view online.

Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit